A psychologist recently suggested psychotherapy for University of Wisconsin students who are “perpetrators of an incident of hate or bias,” according to the school’s website.
Under this proposal, “biased” students will undergo “evidence based psychological interventions” such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a type of psychotherapy which according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase clients' psychological flexibility--their ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts” and emotions.
“The fact that a psychologist would provide it as an example of possible treatments for “perpetrators of bias” is concerning,” the New Guard wrote to Young America’s Foundation (YAF).
The University of Wisconsin published more than 100 proposals on its “Campus Climate” website from students who had “ideas for how to systematically elevate… standards of behavior and conduct across our entire community to ensure that our campus is welcoming and supportive to all.”
Proposal 16, submitted by an area psychologist, suggests a two-tiered program for perpetrators of bias incidents, including 1) a course “focusing on the types of bias” and the “emotional impact of oppression,” and 2) psychotherapy and interventional programs that would “assist the individual in determining their own values and behaviors that guide them in life decisions and paths they consciously choose.”
Under the university’s “definition of bias and hate”, this would require students to undergo psychological evaluations for language, actions, or even jokes that are based upon identifying factors such as “gender identity or expression” or “political affiliation.” The following is a full definition from the University posted by YAF yesterday:
Definition of Bias/Hate: Single or multiple acts toward an individual, group, or their property that have a negative impact and that one could reasonably conclude are based upon actual or perceived age, race, color, creed, religion,gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, spirituality, cultural, socio-economic status, or any combination of these or other related factors. Bias/Hate incidents include, but are not limited to: slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, and harassment that are directed toward or affect the targeted individual or team. Incidents of Bias or Hate contribute to a hostile campus environment and can occur even if the act itself is unintentional or delivered as a joke, prank, or having humorous intent.
An example of a bias incident that went viral among social justice campus activists for its “hateful” implications was when UCLA students posted pictures of themselves with signs that read, “There are only two genders” and “Get your agenda out of my restroom.”
The University of Wisconsin also announced this month that it will require students to undergo mandatory “cultural competency training” on “identity, culture and micro-aggressions.”
”The bottom line is that I highly doubt that this training program is going to help students be ‘culturally competent’ at all,” YAF chairman at UW-Madison Jake Regner said. “I think that’s a very misleading title designed to get students to buy in to the typical leftist indoctrination.”
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